“MINERS SHOT DOWN”
COUNTRY: South Africa
DIRECTORS: Rehad Desai
DURATION: 86 min AGE RESTRICTION:13
WHEN: 7th May 2014 7:30pm STUDIO 4
SYNOPSIS : In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat strike for better wages. Six days later the police used live ammunition to brutally suppress the strike, killing 34 and injuring many more. Using the point of view of the Marikana miners, “Miners Shot Down” follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous but isolated fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the combined forces of the mining company Lonmin, the ANC government and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers. What emerges is collusion at the top, spiraling violence and the country’s first post-colonial massacre. South Africa will never be the same again.
– Film courtesy of Uhuru Productions – Filmmaker in attendance
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